The best fish and chip shop in the UK has been named as part of the 30th anniversary National Fish & Chip Awards, organised by Seafish.
Millers Fish & Chips in Haxby, York, North Yorkshire took the crown, to the delight of their owners.
The new UK champions were presented with their award during a prestigious awards ceremony at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London.
To win the top spot, Millers had to show off their skills during a multi-stage judging process over a seven-month period.
This included several mystery shopping assessments and in-depth audits by industry experts, reviewing everything from responsible sourcing policies to menu diversification.
Customer service and the quality of the fish and chips being served were also considered.
The final stage of judging, held the day before the awards ceremony, put the shop’s presentation skills to the test.
They faced a 15-strong specialist industry judging panel, and were quizzed on a range of industry related topics and asked to demonstrate how they successfully run a profitable business and plan for future development.
Speaking about their win, co-owner Nick Miller,28, who runs Millers Fish & Chips with his father David 56, said: “We brought it home for Haxby! I can’t believe we’re the UK’s best fish and chip shop – words can’t describe how this feels.
“We entered the competition for the first time last year, and were so proud to get to the final, but to go all the way this time and scoop the ‘Oscar’ of the fish and chip world is truly amazing.
“At Millers, we wholeheartedly believe in making fish and chips accessible for everyone. We operate a separate frying area to cater for allergen-free diets, and offer a range of gluten-free, halal and vegetarian products, all cooked using only use the finest, locally-sourced, sustainable ingredients.
“As a fourth-generation family business with a 77-year history, we bring the tradition associated with great British fish and chips together with a new, innovative approach. This really does mean everything to us, and we’re so proud of our ourselves, our staff and our business.”
As well as the Fish and Chip Shop of the Year award, there were other award winners:
Fish and Chip Restaurant of the Year Award: The Pelican, Barnstaple, Devon
Drywite Young Fish Frier of the Year Award: Peter Calvert of Mister C’s, Selby, North Yorkshire
Best Mobile Fish and Chip Operator Award: StarChip Enterprise UK Ltd, Evesham, Worcestershire
From Field to Frier Award: Mister C’s, Selby, North Yorkshire Best Foodservice Operator Award: The Marcia Inn, Bishopthorpe, North Yorkshire Good Catch – The Sustainable Seafood Award: Fish City, Belfast
Healthy Eating ‘Fish and Chips’ Award: Fish City, Belfast Marketing Innovation Award: Krispies Fish & Chips, Exmouth, Devon
Best Multiple Fish and Chip Operator Award: The Good Catch, with outlets in Cheshire, Manchester, Merseyside and Liverpool
Best Newcomer Award: Malt and Anchor, Cirencester, Gloucestershire NFFF Quality Award ‘Champion’ Award: Towngate Fisheries, Bradford, West Yorkshire Best Seafood Week Campaign Award: The Pelican, Barnstaple, Devon
‘Fish & Chip Friday’ – The School Meal Education Award: Catering Services – North Tyneside Council, Tyne and Wear Staff Training and Development Award: Penaluna’s Famous Fish & Chips, Hirwaun, Rhondda Cynon Taff
Outstanding Achievement Award: Mark Drummond of Towngate Fisheries, Bradford, West Yorkshire
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